The time has come to recognize Statistical Medicine as a medical specialty

A Indrayan

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Statistical methods such as indicators, indexes, scoring systems, and etiology diagrams can be effectively used for establishing the diagnosis, and monitoring the progress of a patient.

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A large number of statistical methods are already used for diagnosis and prognosis without even noticing. Time has come to formalize all these into a distinct discipline, and call it statistical medicine.

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Dr. Abhaya Indrayan, PhD
Dr. Abhaya Indrayan, PhD
University College of Medical Sciences and Max Healthcare
Professor and Head (Retd.) and Biostatistics Consultant
Medical Biostatistics
Delhi, Delhi | India
Subjects such as Academic Medicine that do not have any direct relation with clinical practice are already existing. Statistical Medicine can also stand on its own.Dr. Abhaya Indrayan, PhD

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664870/

Statistical medicine: An emerging medical specialty.

Authors:
Dr. Abhaya Indrayan, PhD
Dr. Abhaya Indrayan, PhD
University College of Medical Sciences and Max Healthcare
Professor and Head (Retd.) and Biostatistics Consultant
Medical Biostatistics
Delhi, Delhi | India

J Postgrad Med 2017 Oct-Dec;63(4):252-256

Former Professor & Head, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India.

A large number of statistical tools are now used for medical decision in the core activities of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. These tools provide undeniable help in improving medical outcomes. Prominent among them are uncertainty measurement by probability, medical indicators and indexes, reference ranges, and scoring systems. In addition are tools such as odds ratio, sensitivity, specificity and predictivities, area under the ROC curve, likelihood ratios, and cost-benefit analysis that are commonly applied in medical research but have implications for day-to-day clinical activities. These tools have so completely integrated into medical practice that statistical medicine by itself can stand alone as a medical specialty. Time has arrived to recognize statistical medicine as a medical specialty.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_189_17DOI Listing
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